60th Annual Conference

Welcome to Montreal for the 60th Congress of the

Society for French Historical Studies


The Organising Committee of the 60th Congress of the SFHS extends a warm welcome to all participants.  We hope that this meeting will be both enjoyable and profitable for everyone!

Following is some information that will help you on arrival in Montreal and with different aspects of the functioning of the congress:

Getting downtown from the airport

The best way to get from Pierre E. Trudeau airport to the hotel is to use the 747 autobus navette (shuttlebus) which leaves from the arrivals level at the airport and from which you should alight at the Ste. Catherine stop (métro Berri-UQAM).  The Hôtel Gouverneur will be facing you on the opposite side of the Place Emilie-Gamelin.  The Hôtel Lord Berri is one short block to the south on Rue Berri.  The bus ticket costs $10 and may be purchased at the exit from the terminal (credit cards or Canadian currency).  Take the carte 1 jour which you can then use for twenty-four hours on all metro and bus lines in the city.

If you take a taxi, there is a special single tariff for the downtown core which is $40 (tip not included).


There is a wide choice of restaurants around UQAM as well as in Old Montreal where the Friday evening reception is being held.  You will find a selection of restaurants in different price ranges in your conference folder.  You will have no difficulty being served in English even in this part of the city which is majority Francophone.   Unless you are truly unsatisfied with the service you receive in a restaurant, it is considered very bad form not to give a 15% tip.

Breakfasts and Meals

Conference participants who are staying at the Hôtel Gouverneur, in conformity with the contract we have with this hotel, will receive two tickets for the Friday and Saturday breakfasts when they register.  Breakfast on Sunday is your responsibility.  For those participants staying at the Hôtel Lord Berri, the agreement we have with the hotel provides for breakfast to be included with the price of your room.

Luncheons and Banquet

Conference participants who have reserved a place at the Friday and Saturday luncheons and at the Saturday evening banquet will find tickets for each of these meals in their conference folder.  Please verify the contents of your folder as soon as you are given it in order to avoid any errors.  The luncheons will take place on the 4th floor of the Hôtel Gouverneur.  The Saturday evening banquet will take place at the Hôtel Hyatt Regency, which is about a twelve minute walk from the congress venue.  The printed congress programme contains a map showing how to get to this hotel.


The main conference reception will take place in the Salle de la Commune of the Marché Bonsecours on Friday, 25 April.  The entrance is at 310, rue Saint-Paul.  You will find in your programme a map and a formal invitation to this event which will take the form of a cocktail reception with hors d’œuvres, running from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The reception will be presided over by the Presidents of the Université du Québec à Montreal and Concordia University, with the Consuls General of France, Great Britain, and Germany in attendance.

Computers, projectors and USB keys

All of the lecture rooms being used by the congress are equipped with identical multimedia consoles for your use.  They are very easy to use and can accommodate USB keys, CD audio and VHS cassettes.  The standard software is already installed.  A USB key is sufficient.  Please do not use your personal computer (unless you have cleared it with us first).

Following are a few basic instructions:

  1. Raise the cover on the console to gain access to the screen, the keyboard and the mouse.
  2. Open the door of the console in order to insert your USB key into the computer.
  3. Turn on the video projector (using the on/off button on the remote which is attached to the screen) and selecting (if necessary) “computer” (default setting) or “video” (for VHS cassettes).

At the end of your session, it is important to turn off the video projector ONLY. 



The operation of this equipment is easy.  Detailed instructions will be attached to the top of the consoles.  Technicians and volunteers will be available to help you.  An emergency telephone number will also be provided with the instructions!

UQAM Pavilions

The vast majority of sessions take place in the Pavillon J.A. De Sève, 320 rue Sainte Catherine East (five minutes walk from the hotel).  Because of the size of the conference, we have been obliged to hold several of the Friday sessions in the Pavillon Sainte-Catherine, 209 rue Sainte-Catherine East (accessible from the street, 3 minutes walk from the Pavillon De Sève), and several Sunday sessions in the Pavillon des Sciences de la Gestion, 315 rue Sainte-Catherine East (accessible either by crossing the street above ground, or by taking the underground passageway).  The coffee breaks will all take place on the ground floor level of the Pavillon De Sève.  A map of the pavilions is to be found in the printed programme.


Wifi is available free of charge to conference participants on the site of the congress.

Password: salon

Weather ...

Normally, the average temperature for the end of April in Montreal is around 10-15 degrees Celsius.  This year, this appears difficult to believe and “global warming” has conspired to give us a long and cold winter...  But we are optimistic: the long-range forecast promises daytime temperatures of 14-16 degrees Celsius for the duration of the congress!

Finally ...

We have been given to understand that in years past a very small number (thankfully!) of conference participants have attempted to avoid paying their conference fees.   Behaviour of this sort will not be tolerated in Montreal.



You can always contact us in an emergency during your stay at the following numbers:

Michel Hébert: 514-608-6875

Norman Ingram: 514-550-3503

We wish you all an enjoyable conference!

Norman Ingram and Michel Hébert,


Society for French Historical Studies